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Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood ( 180Gram Red Vinyl LP )

Format:
Long Play Vinyl
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
25-09-2020
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Label:
Barcode:
636551813419
Packaging:
Gate Fold Vinyl
Catalog Number:
SMALP1134
Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood ( 180Gram Red Vinyl LP )
Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood ( 180Gram Red Vinyl LP )

Description

THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM OF GRITTY, ACOUSTIC, ROOTS RECORDINGS FROM THE ENDURING, ICONIC, ANTI-HEROES OF BRITISH R&B'S 1ST WAVE AND BEYOND

The 15th May 2020 marked the death of Phil May, the legendary lead singer with The Pretty Things.

At the time of his death, Phil was hugely excited about the impending release of the first-ever, all-acoustic Pretty Things album, which had recently been completed.

The words below were written on the 5th May, just nine days before Phil died. We have left them unchanged as they remain relevant to the album and particularly to Phil and his connection to it. Even at this stage in his career, Phil was enthusiastically looking forward to performing these dark songs live and showcasing fresh on-stage approaches.

Unfortunately, the songs will never be heard live with Phils voice, but that doesn't diminish the power of this remarkable record which stands as a touching tribute to one of the most significant artists of a rightly celebrated generation (and beyond).

For anyone who knows The Pretty Things, their retirement from live, electric, performances in December 2018 will be a well-known fact. After the dust had settled on that memorable and emotive night, what they were going to do next was not. In the end, the chosen route was obvious. The band had been performing a rootsy, acoustic blues segment in every live show for more than ten years a homage to their musical roots that was hugely well-received and always highly anticipated.

Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood is an album of raw, live, devils music straight from the Dartford Delta with its heart in Depression era Mississippi. A record to make the bands die-hard fanbase think, as well as enjoy, and take them back to where the 1st Wave British R&Bers came in. Not just a jolly trip down memory lane, but something to put some perspective on the emerging road ahead, as well as view back down that road.

It features a mix of source material; standards the band has featured in its set for years; some semi-contemporary compositions by unexpected, existing and established artists (but of a younger generation); original recordings penned by old friends and new finds. There is a connection across the 55-year time span between the start-up Pretties, and this newly emerging, acoustic and roots Pretty Things.

Now in their mid-70s Phil May and Dick Taylor have re-invented themselves as who they really are now No longer the oldest, R&B swingers in town, they have hunkered down, into their age, their authority and their legacy, working to take forward what they know, and to pass that invaluable baton around, to let it fall into the right hands and the right ears.

Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood is released on Madfish on 180g red vinyl packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Can't Be Satisfied ( 03:04 )
  3. Come Into My Kitchen ( 04:17 )
  4. Ain't No Grave ( 03:58 )
  5. Faultline ( 04:22 )
  6. Redemption Day ( 05:22 )
  7. The Devil Has A Hold On Me ( 04:16 )
  8. Bright As Blood ( 04:44 )
  9. Love In Vain ( 04:17 )
  10. Black Girl ( 02:37 )
  11. To Build A Wall ( 04:25 )
  12. Another World ( 03:56 )
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